By Dr Norman
There are several ways to improve your English reading comprehension. The most obvious, is to start by reading every day, and to strive for understanding each time you read. But there is more you can do. You can also use some of the same techniques that good teachers use and really ‘super-charge’ your learning. Just follow this proven 3-step process to actively learn and improve!
Start by selecting material that is at the right level to improve your English reading. You really want to understand about 90 – 95% of what you read. That leaves you with 5 – 10% to learn. This is a manageable amount that is good for learning. There will be some things that you can read and understand at this level without any supports, but there will be other things that are more difficult to understand will need supports. Your understanding is supported when the text includes pictures, photos, diagrams or graphs. Choose harder readings when they come with supports that can raise your understanding to the 90% level.
Also try to find some materials that have translations. You might, for instance, find books that have one page written in English and the other page written in your language. Materials with translations can be particularly useful when you have chosen material that is a bit more difficult to understand. These can help you if you use them properly for learning. We will look at how to do this in step 2 below.
Once you have things to read that are at the right level, try some of the following learning strategies before you read to improve your English reading comprehension.
Once you have prepared, start to read carefully and strive for understanding. Read section by section, taking the following steps as you go.
When you finish reading, you can consolidate and develop your learning further. Choose to do one or more of these suggestions each time you finish reading.
Following these 3 steps allows you to become both the teacher and learner, and will improve your understanding of what you read in English.
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1st August 2016